Whether you are decorating your home or planning your wardrobe, working with colours is exciting and creative. Just take a look at the colour wheel and all the options available. To learn how to match colours, you need to understand the relationship of colours. Complementary colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel, such as red and green. Analogous colours are close together, such as reds and blues. You can match colours with blue by studying the colour wheel.
Learn the relationship of colours on the colour wheel. The primary colours on the colour wheel are red, blue and yellow. They form a triangle when you look at the wheel. Secondary colours are the mixture of two primary colours. The result is green, purple and orange. Tertiary colours are created by mixing a primary and a secondary colour. Complementary colours are opposites on the colour wheel and analogous colours are located close together. There is also the active range of colours and the passive range of colours on the colour wheel. Active colours will advance when placed against passive, and passive colours will recede when placed against active.
Learn how to decorate with the colour blue. There are a number of ways to use the colour wheel when decorating. Four common colour schemes are monochromatic, analogous, complementary and triad. If you want to use monochromatic blue than use blue in varying intensities from a light blue to a dark blue. Analogous use of blue would be two to six colours surrounding a shade of blue. An example would be deep purple into light green. A high contrast look would be to go from the shades of blue to directly across the colour wheel. The shades across the wheel are shades of red, so pair a medium blue with an orange. A triad approach would be choosing three colours that are equal distance from each other. Blue looks great with yellows and reds.
Learn how to use the colour wheel for dressing with blue. The colour wheel is great to use for deciding how to match your clothes using blue as the base colour. The concept is similar to decorating your home, but it's not quite as dramatic. A stylish and business approach is using the monochromatic scheme. A dark blue suit with a light blue shirt or blouse and a mid-blue tie or scarf makes the statement of dressing for success. An analogous colour scheme would be a dark blue suit, light blue shirt or blouse and a red tie or scarf. For complimentary colours, try a navy suit, light blue shirt or blouse and an orange tie or scarf. Other complimentary colours with navy blue are rust and gold.
Use the colour wheel for matching other colours besides blue. The colour wheel is a creative guide, not only for decorating your home or dressing for success, but for web pages, quilt design, crafts or any avenue where colour is used for creativity.
When using three colour combinations, such as analogous or triad, make the third colour an accent colour. Don't have equal balance. This is true in decorating and in dressing.